Digital innovations in diabetes

We recognise that face to face interventions do not always work for everyone and aim to explore how digital options can provide more flexibility and potentially improve access to the NHS Diabetes Programme.

Digital technologies offer new opportunities to improve patient experience, and deliver services in a more efficient way reducing the burden on clinicians and the public. The NHS Diabetes Programme has initiated this digital work stream to ensure that the programme can harness these opportunities.


The objectives of the digital work stream are to support improvements in diabetes outcomes by:

  • Implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of, digital behaviour change interventions aimed at preventing Type 2 diabetes in those already identified to be at high risk;
  • Improving the provision of information to support self-management and care of people living with Type 1 diabetes;
  • Scaling digital flexible learning resources to support management and self-care for people living with diabetes.

The NHS Long Term Plan, released in January 2019, has outlined NHS England’s commitment to expand self-management services for individuals with type 2 diabetes through the commissioning of Healthy Living for People with Type 2 Diabetes (HeLP Diabetes), an online self-management support programme and accompanying structured education pathway for adults with type 2 diabetes.

More information on the digital work stream will be posted here as the programme progresses.

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